In a match that was a microcosm of their season, the Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts had most of the play and the better chances but found themselves on the end of another frustratingly narrow defeat against one of the WaiBOP Premiership’s top four teams.

The Swifts had the majority of the possession in this match and looked good at times, if not overly incisive, against a team that was set up to frustrate and attack on the counter.

Brad West hit the upright from distance in the opening stages in what turned out to be an example of the way this match run.

The visitors scored the only goal of the match on 19 minutes after one of their players was allowed too much space down the right. His incisive run and cross was expertly finished in what was the visitors’ only clear cut chance of the match.

Matamata had two excellent chances to draw level before the break. Scott Parsonage headed wide and Ronan Costello left the Old Blues keeper stranded with a shot that also missed the target. The Swifts have struggled for goals all season and these were two examples of their lack of a cutting edge.

The visitors remained resolute in defence and were limited to shots from distance that rarely troubled Jordan Wise in the Swifts goal.

Matamata had more of the play after the break but lacked the cutting edge required to open up their opponents. They defended well on the rare occasions they had to but drew another blank against opponents who were there for the taking.

The Swifts remain in seventh in the twelve team WaiBOP Premiership and will be looking to finish their season positively in their two remaining home games.


Date Time League Season
September 12, 2015 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2015


Matamata Domain
7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Matamata Swifts000Loss
Old Blues101Win

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Jordan WiseGoalkeeper0000
2Gary Dobson 22Defender0000
3Sam MastersonDefender0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder0000
7Brad WestMidfielder0000
8Scott ParsonageMidfielder0000
15Will Judson 21Defender0000
16Ronan CostelloMidfielder0000
16Logan AllenForward0000
19Dwayne SignelDefender0000
20Jackson AllenDefender0000
21Callum Barr 15Midfielder0000
22Chris Monteith 2Defender0000
 Total 0000

Old Blues

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards